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Oka Taian was born in 1796. Oka's father Taijun was also physician.
Oka Taian left his home at the age of 20 and learned Chinese and Western medicine in various places. In the Bunsei Era (1818-1829) he studied under Philipp Siebold, German physician.
Oka Taian was at once given the rank Hokkyo (high rank for priests, artists and physicians). His rank was raised to Hogen in 1845. Oka won the confidence of the lord of Iwakuni by curing his and his wife's eye disease.